This FdSc in Energy, Environment and Sustainability is taught at South West College in Omagh. The rural sector is currently undergoing a rapid change with the decline in importance and profitability of traditional industries, environmental pressures and new opportunities in diversification activities and technologies such as application of renewable energy, production of energy crops and industrial or business applications.
This programme aims to provide students with technological and business skills required to meet these challenges, supporting the move towards environmental and financial sustainability within the rural economy.
This FdSc in Energy, Environment and Sustainability is taught at South West College in Omagh.
“The Foundation degree allowed me time to think about my future while keeping myself in employment. Flexible enough to allow me to work and study, when I graduate next year I will decide whether to go straight into employment or progress to a full Honours degree in Queen’s.” Louise McGrinder, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2nd Year, FdSc Energy, Environment and Sustainability
|Introduction||This degree is suitable for those who are interested in increasing their knowledge of renewable energies, diversification or rural business development and the integral work placement ensures that students are able to fully apply their knowledge gained on the programme.|
|Stage 1||• Biomass and Biofuel Technology |
• Business and Management
• Engineering Principles
• Environment and Sustainability
• Renewable Energy Applications
• Waste Management
• Wind Turbine Technology
|Stage 2||• Business Improvement Techniques |
• Economics of Renewable Energy Technology
• Energy Assessment
• Environmental Business Planning
• Environmental Science
• Work Placement
The Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability meets all these attributes through the provision of work placement, real-life case studies, an articulation route to the BSc Environmental Management degree within Queen’s and partnership with South West College, Omagh Campus, where the programme is delivered.
On the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability we provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning outcomes of each module. Details of who each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
As students progress through the FdSc in Biological Sciences they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. Students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work.
|A level requirements|
CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
CD including Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H4H4 + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
H3H4H4H4 including at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.
A minimum of 5 subjects will be required in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at least 4 of which should be at Higher Level.
Successful completion of relevant Access Course (normally Science based) with an average of 55% in relevant course. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
Successful completion of any Access Course with an average of 60%. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Biological Sciences. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For entry last year, applicants for the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of two A-levels. The offer for repeat candidates is the same standard as for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Edexcel National and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates offering other qualifications.
Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered. However, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for an FdSc Energy, Environment and Sustainability degree at Queen’s and South West College will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in renewable energy applications and environmental management significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Further study is also an option open to FdSc Energy Environment and Sustainability graduates. Subject to achieving specific academic standards in the FdSc, students may articulate to Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the BSc Environmental Management (with Professional Studies) programme at Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, or the Part time BSc in Energy, Environment and Sustainability at Omagh campus, South West College.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Camphill Communities NI, Rural Generation Ltd, ReCyCo Ltd, Omagh and Fermanagh District Councils who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course. The Technology Department has unique employer interface through the South West College InnoTech Centre and Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
• Armagh District Council
• Cavan County Council
• Terex Finlay Ltd
• SynErgy NI Ltd
• Future Renewables Ltd
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£3,020|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£6,167|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||TBC|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry are set out above.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students It is however expected that there will be a specific arrangements put in place for RoI nationals living in the UK and Ireland and those with pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Energy, Environment and Sustainability costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
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